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Peter Benchley’s Amazon (Movie review)

Trans Rio Air flight 767 crashes in the Amazon rainforest leaving a handful of survivors in the first episode of this TV series.

You’ve heard stories when the plane crashes in the city or the village, and leaves many dead, including those on the ground. The planes crash into civilisation. But what if the passengers are stranded in a hostile environment, such as a jungle, a desert or worse: a shark-saturated sea? Fasten your seat belts, because today, we’re unfortunately flying Trans Rio Air, to Rio de Janeiro, and might never make it! Welcome to Amazon! Continue reading “Peter Benchley’s Amazon (Movie review)”

Airport (Movie review)

Trans Global flight 2 has a bomb onboard. But that’s not the only thing happening at Lincoln International Airport that snowy evening…

Vernon Demerest and Gwen Meighen (Dean Martin and Jacqueline Bisset)

This is the movie that started it… The trend of the 1970s disaster movies. It was at the time when the Boeing 707 was king of the airports, and a lot of drama and an all-start cast made movies great. This is what Airport, based on Arthur Hailey’s excellent novel of the same name, is all about. Continue reading “Airport (Movie review)”

Miracle Landing (Movie review)

After reaching cruising altitude, a small crack in the roof of the 737 developed into an crippling 18-foot hole. Based on Aloha flight 243.

Boeing 737-200… minus 18 ft. of fuselage

The disaster that occurred on April 28, 1988 is quite memorable. An Aloha Airlines Boeing 737 lost an 18 ft. section of its fuselage at 24,000 feet, due to metal fatigue. Miraculously, only one occupant, a flight attendant, perished during the sudden decompression. With an aircraft getting more and more difficult to control, one engine out of two working, and an aircraft that could fall apart any minute, the cockpit crew does the impossible: a Miracle Landing. Continue reading “Miracle Landing (Movie review)”

Crash: The Mystery of Flight 1501 (Movie review)

ConWest flight 1501 crashes, killing all but two people: a passenger and the Captain. His wife does everything to clear him from any responsibility.

Capt. Halstead announcing that the flight is delayed due to a technical problem

Air disasters can be very painful for the friends and relatives of the victims, particularly for the wife of a pilot who is quickly blamed for the disaster and the casualties. This is the subject of this made-for-TV movie, also known as Aftermath. Continue reading “Crash: The Mystery of Flight 1501 (Movie review)”

Mercy Mission: The Rescue of Flight 771 (Movie review)

An instrument malfunction leaves a Cessna pilot lost in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Only the Captain of a nearby airliner can save him.

Jay (Scott Bakula), realizing he is lost

Imagine you’ve been flying for over 14 hours non-stop over the Pacific Ocean. You see nothing but the ocean around you. You try to contact your destination airport but get no answer. You then realize you are lost in the middle of nowhere… on a Cessna airplane. Your only hope is for the Captain of a commercial flight nearby (or believed to be) to help you. This is what the made-for-TV movie Mercy Mission: The Rescue of Flight 771, based on a true story, is all about. Continue reading “Mercy Mission: The Rescue of Flight 771 (Movie review)”